Deliveroo, the UK's leading food delivery company, is set to make 500,000 meals available for free to NHS workers.
Deliveroo has been working with restaurant partners to secure donations of free food and will make these available to NHS staff.
The company has so far received pledges of 350,000 free meals by Pizza Hut, who will include not just pizza but side salads, pasta and other options for NHS workers near their UK premises. The company has also donated funding to help cover the cost of deliveries.
Other meal donations include substantial offers from German Doner Kebab, Itsu, and Lewis Hamilton's plant-based Neat Burger restaurant.
Deliveroo hopes to deliver to NHS sites where there is a need for food, whether that be hospitals, primary care sites or field hospitals, an example of which is the new Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Centre in London.
Meals will be available over time as Deliveroo works with individual hospitals to identify where need is greatest, raises funds and gives restaurants across the UK the chance to donate meals. Meals will be made available where Deliveroo provides coverage.
Deliveroo will be fundraising to support the campaign, raising money via both corporate and individual donations. The company will be enabling customers to contribute through the app, so that they can send hard-working doctors, nurses and volunteers a meal.
While the majority of meals delivered will go to the NHS, Deliveroo will also continue to deliver free food to the vulnerable during this period. For example, the company has recently worked with St Mungo's and other charities to deliver meals to homeless people sheltered in hotels in London, and will continue to support such organisations and those in need.
Will Shu, CEO and founder of Deliveroo, said: "Those in the NHS working night and day to save lives are the real heroes of this crisis, and we want to do our small part to support them and the vulnerable who aren't able to leave their homes.
"Thanks to our dedicated riders, the generosity of our restaurant partners and their teams, who are keeping kitchens open to serve those most in need, we hope to be able to make a difference. Deliveroo is a British business and, as the founder, nothing would make me more proud than to use the network we have built to support the NHS, and I know the restaurant sector wants to play its part too."
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, said: "The nation needs the NHS like never before, and we must support every single colleague in the NHS. I'm delighted that Deliveroo and partners are playing their part in this great national effort with half a million meals for the NHS. We can best come through this if we pull together."
To make a donation to Deliveroo's Support The NHS campaign, click here.
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